Middle Eastern Pasta With Yogurt and Pine Nuts Recipe

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Middle Eastern Pasta With Yogurt and Pine Nuts
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  • 1 (16 oz) package spaghetti or penne pasta
  • 2 tbsp corn oil
  • 2/3 cup pine nuts or slivered almonds
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 (16 oz) container plain yogurt


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the corn oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the beef and cook until well browned, stirring frequently to break apart, about 7 minutes. Add the pine nuts, and cook for another minute until dark brown. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then remove from the heat, and drain off excess fat.
  3. In a large bowl, crush the garlic into a smooth paste. Whisk the yogurt with the garlic until creamy and smooth. Once the pasta has been cooked and drained, place into a serving dish, and pour the yogurt over it. Top with the cooked meat and nuts while it is still hot.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 354.8 Kcal (1485 kJ)
Calories from fat 270.99 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 30.11g 46%
Cholesterol 36.08mg 12%
Sodium 42.82mg 2%
Potassium 328.74mg 7%
Total Carbs 8.89g 3%
Sugars 1.48g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1.13g 5%
Protein 15.12g 30%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 1%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Calcium 21.9mg 2%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 350.33 Kcal (1467 kJ)
Calories from fat 267.58 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 29.73g 46%
Cholesterol 35.62mg 12%
Sodium 42.28mg 2%
Potassium 324.6mg 7%
Total Carbs 8.77g 3%
Sugars 1.46g 6%
Dietary Fiber 1.12g 5%
Protein 14.93g 30%
Vitamin C 0.5mg 1%
Iron 2.7mg 15%
Calcium 21.6mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 9.4
  • 10

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

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